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    Retrology’s Top 10 Books of 2021

    2021 was a year of so many great releases. From rom-coms to contemporary fiction to even historical fiction there was so much to read this year. We have curated a list of the top 10 best books of 2021 specially for you. Unsure of what to do for the new year? Pick a book from this list, make yourself a warm drink, put on your favourite hoodie and start reading!

    10) Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

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    Goodreads rating: 3.8/5

    From the best-selling author of Normal People and Conversations with Friends comes an amazing novel about friendship, heartbreak and confusion. The novel explores complex relationships between three friends. Alice, a writer, meets Felix, who works in a warehouse, and inquires as to whether he might want to venture out to Rome with her. In Dublin, her friend, Eileen, is moving past a break-up and slips once more into flirting with Simon, a man she has known since youth. Alice, Felix, Eileen, and Simon are young however life is finding them. They want one another, they beguile one another, they get together and they break apart.

    9) The Sentence by Louise Erdrich

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    Goodreads rating: 4.1/5

    From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author comes a wickedly funny ghost story. A little independent book shop in Minneapolis is haunted from November 2019 to November 2020 by the store’s most irritating client. Flora dies on All Souls’ Day, yet she just won’t leave the store. Tookie, who has found some work selling books following quite a while of imprisonment that she made due by perusing with deadly consideration, should settle the secret of this haunting while simultaneously attempting to see all that happens in Minneapolis during an extended time of sadness, amazement, separation, and irate retribution.

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    8) People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry

    Goodreads rating: 4.1/5

    Two best friends. Ten summer trips. One last chance to fall in love. Poppy and Alex share nothing in common but have been the best of friends. They live in different cities but every year for a decade they take a vacation together. Until two years ago everything goes wrong and they have not talked ever since. Poppy knows that the only happiness she had was the final trip with Alex so she convinces Alex to take one trip with her and he somehow agrees. Now, she has seven days to fix everything. If only by some stroke of good luck she can get around the one major truth that has consistently stood discreetly in the middle of their apparently amazing relationship. What might actually turn out badly?

    7) One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

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    Goodreads rating: 4.1/5

    A young woman meets the love of her life on the subway, but there’s one problem: Her dream girl is actually a time traveller from the 1970s. Don’t you instantly want to read this book? Well, you should because that is all I am going to tell you about it. One Last Stop is funny, sweet, light-hearted and has a speculative twist.

    6) Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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    Goodreads rating: 4.1/5

    Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer. But over the course of twenty-four hours, their lives will change forever. Malibu Rising explores sibling and family dynamics, fame, lies, and secrets.

    5) Great Circle: A Novel by Maggie Shipstead

    via Waterstones

    Goodreads rating: 4.2/5

    The novel comprises two accounts of two women. One is about the vanished twentieth-century pilot Marian Graves, while the other is about the striving 21st-century Hollywood actress Hadley Baxter, who is endeavoring to make a film about Marian. Hadley’s story is told in the first-person narrative, while Marian’s story is told in the third-person narrative.

    4) Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson

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    Goodreads rating: 4.2/5

    Open water is written in a lyrical way. Two artists of color, one photographer and the other one a dancer get to know each other and become friends. They then fall in love and this is a beautiful journey of them finding each other and themselves along the way.

    3) The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

    via Amazon

    Goodreads rating: 4.3/5

    The Four Winds is set in Texas, 1934.

    Millions are unemployed and drought has broken the Great Plains. Farmers are battling to keep their property and their livelihoods as the harvests are fizzling, the water is evaporating, and dust takes steps to cover them all. Probably the haziest time of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl period, has shown up intensely.

    In this dubious and perilous time, Elsa Martinelli—like many of her neighbors—should settle on a horrifying decision: the battle for the land she cherishes or go west, to California, looking for a superior life.

    2) Cloud Cuckoo Land by Maggie Shipstead

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    Goodreads rating: 4.3/5

    Cloud Cuckoo Land follows five characters whose stories, despite spanning nearly six centuries, are bound together by their mutual love for a single book. The book is an absolute treat for readers and I kid you not when I say that you will be hooked on it from the start.

    1) Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

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    Goodreads rating: 4.4/5

    Crying in H Mart is an unflinching, strong story about growing up Korean American, losing her mom, and forging her own identity. The novel is a memoir about family, grief, food, and endurance. Energetic and straightforward, expressive and legitimate, Zauner’s voice is as brilliantly alive on the page as it is in front of an audience. Rich with close tales that will reverberate broadly, and complete with family photographs, Crying in H Mart is a book to value, share, and re-read.

    This is all regarding the top 10 books of 2021. Share your top reads of the year with us in the comment section and for more content like this keep following Retrology!

    Amel Aamer
    Amel Aamer
    I have been writing for as long as I can remember. Let it be school magazines, online platforms or different university societies, writing is one thing that always brings out the best in me. I am also a huge Movie and TV Show watcher. Moreover, I love reading books too.
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